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? vaginal shortening post TAH, hypersensitivity to cold? ? vaginal shortening post TAH, hypersensitivity to cold?

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Unread 11-25-2003, 05:17 PM
? vaginal shortening post TAH, hypersensitivity to cold?

Hello, again thanks for the support. I had my surgery September 26. I was scheduled for a Laproscopic left ovary removal. Because of complications, my same day procedure became a 6 hour surgery where my ureter was cut and my uterus removed to stop the bleeding. I spent the day in the intensive care unit, had surgery to bladder and repair of the ureter, and lost 3 liters of blood and was transfused 3 units of blood. Everything is fairly okay, except I've developed a hypersensitivity to cold... with minimal cold exposure to my fingertips, ears and nose, after I start warming up it's like a rush of heat and tingling to the area. Strange. Anyway, I'm still dealing with the removal of the uterus, I have one ovary. I did have my tubes tied previously and have 2 young children, but still " You don't have to worry about ovarian or uterine cancer now" doesn't quite ease my emotions. Long intro to my question (sorry) I'm a nurse and in one of my nursing magazines there's an article written which mentions author Lise Cloutier-Steele and her book, "Misinformed Consent" She has a list of forty questions to ask your gyn pre hysterectomy. One of her questions is "If my cervix is removed, will my vagina be shortened? Will you use the "Worelling " technique to preserve it's length? I'm a nurse and had never heard that the vagina could possibly be shortened, now I'm apprehensive about sex, because if there is a difference, I'll be very upset. I haven't heard the topic mentioned ever. I did ask one of my fellow nurses who had a hysterectomy years ago, and she told me "I thought it was all in my head". I'm thinking that it's not a common occurence, because I would think I would have heard of it at some point.
Again, thanks for all the support. For the article go to www.Nursingspectrum.com, click on Philadelphia, and it's the article in the November 17, 2003 issue. "Women Urge Others Not to Rush into Hysterectomy" by Lissette Hilton
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Unread 11-25-2003, 06:41 PM
? vaginal shortening post TAH, hypersensitivity to cold?

Well, it is not as rare as you think. It is common place. And, it is not a BAD thing. DH's LOVE it and for me, SEX was inhanced due to it. It is not shortened to the point of being uncomfortable or too noticeable, just nice. Kinda makes the DH feel like there is an end there, where as with the cervix/uterus in place, during intercourse everything moves around in there. It did not make things seem too differant. And.....ORGASM was even stronger than it had been prior to surgery. What the doc. does is create a vaginal cuff when he removes the cervix. It helps to provide some support and reduce the chances of prolapse occuring. I think you will have several sisters here respond to your ??? and there have been alot of posts here lately about the differance in size....and alot of sisters feel the same as I do: it is not a bad thing!!!

I too am a nurse and I feel like the general public was done an injustice by the 20/20 special that aired August 22nd. I have not read the link you sent, but will. I hope it is not as biased as the 20/20 special was!!!

Removing cervixes and creating the cuff is not something new, and for me it doesn't impact sexual response!!! Talk around and I bet you will hear the same thing. It just kinda makes it as if your a virgin again......only this time you know what you are doing!!!!

I hope this answered your ???'s. I am very glad I had EVERYTHING out and my risks of silent cancers is reduced by having done so!!! AND........I feel better!!!!!! SEX is AWESOME too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am only a few days behind you..my TAH/BSO was on Oct.3rd. I am in my 7th week and feel BETTER THAN I HAVE IN YEARS!!!!!! I did have some complications post-op, which have all resolved. None like yours!!! I am so sorry you had such a rough go of it and I am glad that you are better!!!!

s and wishes for continued recovery!!!
Unread 11-25-2003, 09:25 PM

Dear Bridges,
Thanks for your optimistic response. You really alleviated my fears.
I didn't see that 20/20 episode, probably a good thing.

Thanks for making me smile.
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Unread 11-25-2003, 11:00 PM
? vaginal shortening post TAH, hypersensitivity to cold?

In one of my other posts I mentioned the sex question....I also had a vaginal cuff. Sex is awesome!!! My DH and I were doing it at least 2-3 times per week since we had been together 4 years ago, up until the past 6 months when I was having so much pain. Since surgery, we're back in the game and it is even better then I expected, plus we don't have to plan around my cycle anymore. It's so much better!!
Unread 01-15-2005, 04:20 PM
Shortened vagina

I had a LAVH and bladder sling on Nov. 24, 04. I've noticed that the vagina seems so much shorter. Is this due to the LAVH or the bladder sling? Will it improve with time?

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